Sheila Mulrooney Eldred is a graduate of Columbia’s School of Journalism and a former newspaper reporter. As a freelance health journalist, she writes about everything from deadly diseases to elite athletes, including superbugs, opioids, ticks, and laughter yoga. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, Nature, FiveThirtyEight, Pacific Standard, STAT News, and other publications. In her spare time, she and her family love running, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking in Minneapolis.
Cynthia Kinsella didn’t sleep much the night after a biopsy revealed she had invasive bladder cancer. She calls it one of the worst nights of her life, spending much of it curled on the bathroom floor in the fetal position. She went on to create a large support network for other bladder cancer patients. Read more about her story.